Classic Fall Classic

May the best drought end.
We’re two games into a World Series for the ages, with three weekend games looming at a site that hasn’t hosted them in 71 years – Wrigley Field.
The Indians snagged Game 1 and the Cubs even the series Wednesday.

If there’s a 3-2 split after the weekend, the final two games will be held at Cleveland Tuesday and Wednesday.
NFL network has Tennessee-Jacksonsville Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
The Redskins make their initial visit to London, taking on the Bengals on Fox Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
CBS has the Patriots’ visit to Buffalo Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox brings Seahawks-Saints at 1 p.m. followed by Packers facing the Falcons.
The Cowboys battle the Eagles on NBC Sunday night, with the Vikings taking on the Bears on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7 p.m. with Virginia Tech visiting Pittsburgh on ESPN. California clashes with Southern Cal at 10:30 p.m.
Friday is Armed Forces Night, with Navy at South Florida on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. followed by Air Force against Fresno State at 10:30 p.m. NBC Sports network brings Yale and Columbia at 7 p.m.
Virginia tangles with Louisville on ABC Saturday at noon, with the game on ESPN2 in areas where Penn State-Purdue goes out over the air.
Texas battles Baylor at 3:30 p.m., with Clemson facing Florida State at 8 p.m.
Undefeated West Virginia heads to Oklahoma State on Fox at noon. NBC brings Miami-Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m.
Party in Jacksonville with Florida and Georgia at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Michigan meeting Michigan State. Ohio State tries to bounce back against Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. and Wisconsin meets Nebraska at 7 p.m.
Texas Tech tangles with TCU on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. South Carolina plays Tennessee at 7:15 p.m. with Washington State facing Oregon State at 10:45 p.m.
Fourth-ranked Washington meets Utah at Utah at 3:30 p.m., followed by Kansas-Oklahoma at 7 p.m. It’s Stanford against Arizona in the nightcap at 11 p.m.
The ACC network offers Boston College against North Carolina State at 12:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech tangles with Duke on Comcast at noon, followed by Army-Wake Forest.
MASN has a pair of games from Conference USA, with Western Kentucky-Florida Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. before Marshall meets Southern Mississippi at 7 p.m.
There’s high school football from Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 between Woodland Christian and California School for the Deaf.
NASCAR visits Martinsville, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports network. FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Opening week in the NBA continues on TNT Thursday with Celtics-Bulls at 8 p.m., with the Clippers against the Trail Blazers in the nightcap.
The Cavaliers visit Toronto Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN before the Warriors take on the Pelicans at 9:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards’ visit to Atlanta Thursday at 7 p.m. and contest with Memphis Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals take on Vancouver Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast and Calgary Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast-plus.
The MLS playoffs continue Thursday with Seattle hosting Kansas City at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1. The conference semifinals start Sunday with a pair of contests on ESPN at 3 and 5 p.m. and two more on FoxSports1 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Sunderland and Arsenal Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Manchester United-Burnley. Everton faces West Ham United Sunday at 9:25 a.m.


Cowboys’ bye week – what will NFL do?

NFL TV ratings have dropped this season.
The league has another worry this week – it’s the Cowboys bye week.
After three straight weeks of Dallas as the main game shown at 4:25 p.m. Sunday, CBS has to find something else for the prime slot. Tom Brady and the Patriots take on the Steelers in hopes of catching the nation’s attention.
The week starts Thursday on the Packers visiting the Bears on CBS at 8:20 p.m.
It’s a London week, with the Giants meeting the Rams at 9:30 a.m. on NFL network. The Ravens have a second straight game at the Meadowlands, taking on the Jets on CBS at 1 p.m. while the Redskins battle the Lions on Fox at 1 p.m.
Sunday night, the Seahawks tangle with the Cardinals on NBC while ESPN has the Texans’ trip to Denver Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7 p.m. from Blacksburg, with Virginia Tech hosting Miami at 7 p.m. on ESPN. BYU battles Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
Temple takes on South Florida at 7 p.m. on ESPN, with Oregon-California in the nightcap at 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 brings San Jose State against San Diego State at 10:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network goes to the Ivy League for Pennsylvania-Yale Friday at 7 p.m.
Louisville faces North Carolina State at noon on ABC Saturday, and at 3:30 p.m. it’s either West Virginia-TCU or Nebraska playing Purdue. The game not seen over the air in your area will be on ESPN2.
In primetime, Ohio State visits Penn State.
Top-ranked Alabama takes on Texas A&M on CBS at 3:30 p.m. Fox has Utah against UCLA at 4 p.m. followed by Oklahoma taking on Texas Tech at 8 p.m.
Virginia takes on North Carolina on Comcast at 3 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Iowa-Wisconsin. Auburn faces Arkansas at 6 p.m. followed by Mississippi-LSU at 9 p.m.
Kansas State tangles with Texas at noon on ESPN2. SMU battles Houston at 7 p.m. and it’s Wyoming-Nevada at 10:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings Kansas and Oklahoma at noon.
Syracuse faces Boston College on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
MASN has a pair of games from the Big South conference Saturday, with Gardner-Webb against Kennesaw State at noon followed by Liberty-Monmouth. Bucknell plays Lafayette on MASN2 at 1 p.m.
There’s high school football from Florida Friday at 7 p.m. with IMG Academy meeting Trinity Christian.
The Indians have advanced to next week’s World Series, and awaiting the winner of Cubs-Dodgers. Game 5 will be Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1, with play returning to Wrigley Field Saturday at 8 p.m. If necessary, there will be Game 7 Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Talladega, with the Sprint Cup on NBC Sports network Sunday at 2 p.m. The Truck Series goes on Fox at 1 p.m.
Comcast has the Capitals’ contest with the Panthers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and home game against the Rangers Saturday at 7 p.m.
Penn State visits Notre Dame in college ice hockey Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
It’s one game for the WNBA championship as Minnesota faces Los Angeles Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Wizards host the Raptors in a preseason game Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Manchester United has a Europa League match against Fenerbahce SK Thursday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
In the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur meets AFC Bournemouth Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Manchester City meets Southampton at 8:25 a.m. Sunday followed by Manchester United-Chelsea.
Seattle faces Real Salt Lake on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m. and FoxSports1 offers Dallas-Los Angeles at 4 p.m.
The United States women have a friendly against Switzerland Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
West Virginia visits Texas in women’s soccer Sunday at 6 p.m. on MASN2.


Battle at Rocky Top

The Tennessee Volunteers have provided plenty of excitement on the gridiron this season.
Saturday should be no different.
The Volunteers host top-ranked Alabama on CBS at 3:30 p.m. for their fourth straight appearance on the network.
Second half rallies ended losing skeins to Florida and Georgia before last week’s double overtime loss to Texas A&M dropped the Volunteers from the ranks of the unbeatens.
Alabama has rolled through its first six opponents, with two more tough contests awaiting after Tennessee. And they could meet again in the SEC championship in December.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as Navy travels to East Carolina on ESPN.
Louisville tangles with Duke Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN followed by BYU-Mississippi State.
Virginia faces Pittsburgh on the ACC network Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Clemson clashes with North Carolina State on ABC at noon. Miami meets North Carolina at 3:30 p.m., with some areas getting Indiana-Nebraska and ESPN2 carrying the game not seen over the air in your area.
In primetime, ABC has Ohio State clashing with Wisconsin.
Fox brings Southern Cal against Arizona at 3:30 p.m. while NBC has Stanford’s trip to Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Oklahoma-Kansas State, followed by Wake Forest against Florida State. Mississippi meets Arkansas at 7 p.m. with UCLA facing Washington State in the nightcap.
Purdue battles Iowa on ESPN2 at noon. Houston takes on Tulsa at 7 p.m. and it’s Colorado State-Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
West Virginia takes on Texas Tech at noon on FoxSports1, then it’s Baylor-Kansas at 3:30 p.m.
Marshall hosts Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. on MASN.
James Madison visits New Hampshire on Comcast at noon, followed by Villanova-Richmond.
The Broncos battle the Chargers on CBS Thursday at 8:25 p.m.
The Ravens visit the Giants on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox offers the Redskins against Eagles at 1 p.m. followed by Cowboys meeting the Packers.
NBC has the Colts’ contest with the Texans Sunday night, with Jets-Cardinals on ESPN Monday night.
ESPN2 has Alabama high school football between Saraland and Spanish Fort Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Nationals battle the Dodgers in the final divisional game Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Indians host the Blue Jays to start the American League Championship Series Friday at 8 p.m. on TBS. Game 2 will be Saturday at 4 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the first two games of the National League series from Wrigley Field Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Kansas, with the Sprint Cup series going on NBC Sunday at 2:15 p.m. The Xfinity Series hits the track Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
NBC Sports network starts the NHL season with Capitals-Penguins Thursday at 8 p.m. while the Blackhawks take on the Predators Friday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals open their home season against the Islanders Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Wizards meet the 76ers in preseason basketball Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. TNT has a preseason doubleheader Thursday, with Raptors-Cavaliers at 8 p.m. followed by Trail Blazers against the Clippers.
The WNBA finals between Minnesota and Los Angeles continue Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. Game 4 is Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN has MLS play between Montreal and Toronto Sunday at 3 p.m., followed by Portland-Colorado at 5:15 p.m.
The past two Champions League winners battle Saturday at 7:25 a.m. with Chelsea against Leicester on NBC Sports network. Manchester City meets Everton at 9:55 a.m. Sunday’s play begins with Middlesbrough playing Watford at 8:25 a.m. followed by Southampton-Burnley.
It’s Werder Bremen against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in German soccer on Fox Saturday at 12:30 p.m. after Friday’s contest between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC Berlinon FoxSports1 at 2:30 p.m.
Comcast has Virginia Tech facing Louisville in women’s soccer Sunday at 12:30 p.m.t Cupra


Hunt for Mr. October

After 108 years, will this be the Cubs’ year?
Baseball’s Divisional Playoffs begin Thursday in the American League, with the Rangers hosting Blue Jays  at 4:30 p.m. on TBS. The Red Sox battle the Indians at 8 p.m.
Friday starts with the two games in the American League, at Texas at 1 p.m.and Cleveland at 4:30 p.m. on TBS. FoxSports1 has the National League contests, with Nationals-Dodgers at 5:30 p.m. and Cubs hosting the Giants at 9 p.m.
The Nationals face the Dodgers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1, with the second game between the Cubs and Giants on MLB network at 8 p.m.
American League play shifts Sunday for Game 3, as the Red Sox and Indians meet at Fenway Park at 4 p.m. and Rangers take on Toronto at 7:30 p.m.
Divisional round play continues through the week as necessary.
CBS has the 49ers against the Cardinals Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
The Battle of the Beltways hits the NFL Sunday, with the Redskins facing the Ravens at 1 p.m. on Fox. CBS brings Jets-Steelers at 1 p.m. followed by the Bengals’ visit to Dallas.
It’s Giants-Packers on NBC Sunday night and the Bucs meet the Panthers on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins with Temple-Memphis on ESPN Thursday at 8 p.m. Clemson tangles with Boston College Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and it’s SMU-Tulsa on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
Notre Dame visits North Carolina State on ABC Saturday at noon. In primetime, Florida State tangles with Miami.
There’s a top  10 battle on CBS at 3:30 p.m. as Tennessee travels to Texas A&M. Oregon meets Washington at 7:30 p.m. on Fox.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Auburn facing Mississippi State followed by Ohio State-Indiana at 3:30 p.m. Top-ranked Alabama visits Arkansas at 7 p.m. and it’s Stanford-Washington State at 10:30 p.m.
Minnesota meets Iowa at noon on ESPN2. Michigan meets Rutgers at 7 p.m. before UCLA tangles with Arizona State at 10:15 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the Red River rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma at noon.
Georgia Tech battles Pittsburgh at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network. Arizona faces Utah at 10 p.m.
Comcast brings three contests from the CAA, starting at noon with Rhode Island-Villanova. James Madison hosts William & Mary at 3:30 p.m., followed by Stony Brook battling Towson.
Marshall meets North Texas at 7 p.m. on MASN. Southern Mississippi faces Texas-San Antonio on MASN2 at noon and it’s Wofford-Western Carolina at 7 p.m.
NASCAR visits Charlotte this weekend, with the Sprint Cup race on NBC Saturday at 7 p.m. with the Xfinity Series going Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying on NBC Sports network Thursday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Japanese Grand Prix Saturday at midnight.
The Wizards gear up for the season with an exhibition contest against the 76ers Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Capitals meet Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Islanders Sunday at 5 p.m. in the preseason finales.
ESPN2 has college volleyball between Ohio State and Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Purdue-Nebraska.
The road to World Cup 2018 continues as Ireland meets Georgia in a qualifying match Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and Italy takes on Spain on FoxSports1. Iceland battles Turkey at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPN while FoxSports1 has Wales-Georgia at noon before Albania meets Spain.
The United States has an international friendly against Cuba Friday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
Oklahoma State faces Texas Tech in women’s soccer on MASN2 Friday at 7 p.m. In women’s professional soccer, Washington takes on Western New York on FoxSports1 Sunday at 5 p.m.